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Geriatrics & Aging

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  • Dr. William Hall speaks at the Annual Geriatrics Society Meeting
  • We are: Always innovating, Teamwork, Older People's Superheroes, Science of Caring, the Best Colleagues, and Person-Centered Care

Welcome from the Chief

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.Welcome to the Division of Geriatrics & Aging! Our nationally recognized Division serves as the academic home to over 40 interprofessional faculty members. Formally established as a division in 2008, Geriatrics has had a strong presence at the University of Rochester and nationally for the past 50 years. Under the leadership of nationally esteemed geriatricians including T. Franklin Williams MD, Paul Katz MD, William Hall MD and Robert McCann MD, the University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics & Aging has advanced the care of older adults in our community, nationally and internationally.  In our Division, we proudly assert that "all roads in Geriatrics lead to Rochester" as we have trained or supported the development of many of the nation's leaders in Geriatrics.

Our Division providers currently care for thousands of older adults each year spanning multiple care sites, including outpatient primary care, acute, post-acute, hospice & palliative care, home care, and long-term care. At the University of Rochester, our shared philosophy of holistic, individualized, and evidence based care produces high quality outcomes across the care continuum. Read about our mission and vision.

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.
Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Aging


Thomas Caprio Named Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The professor of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Sciences is being recognized for his dedication and scholarship in the field. Caprio is medical director of URMC's Geriatric Assessment Clinic, chief medical officer of UR Medicine Home Care, and medical director of the Visiting Nurse Service.

Associate Chief of Research Recruited

After a nation-wide search, Dr. Kathi Heffner has been appointed Associate Chief of Research for the Division of Geriatrics & Aging. Dr. Heffner will build a robust interdisciplinary program of study that spans the Division and links it to related centers of academic excellence across the University of Rochester.

Medina-Walpole appointed Paul H. Fine Professor of Medicine

Annette Medina-WalpoleDr. Annette Medina-Walpole was appointed as the Paul H. Fine Professor in Medicine. She retains her joint appointment as Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Aging in the Department of Medicine

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John W. Rowe honored with T. Franklin Williams Memorial Lectureship

John Rowe, Annette Medina-Walpole and Mark TaubmanDr. John W. Rowe, the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health delivered the T. Franklin Williams Memorial Lecture at the 2017 annual “Spanning the Continuum of Care: Innovations in Geriatric Health Practice” conference to a crowd of over 200 interdisciplinary geriatrics health professionals on September 28, 2017. Dr. Rowe was recognized for his outstanding devotion to the care of older adults and commitment to the field of geriatrics and aging.